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The Ammodump
(603) 755-9800
118 Spring St
Farmington, NH
 
Kitterytrading Post
(207) 439-2700
301 U.S.Route #1
Kittery, ME
 
Chester Arms Llc.
(603) 235-4169
298 Harantis Lake Rd.
Chester, NH
 
Merrimack Valley Sportsman Club Inc
603620999
115 Souhegan St
Milford, NH
 
Alsteadgun Shop
(603) 835-6122
RTE 123 Fall Mtn.Shop.Plaza
Alstead, NH
 
White Buffalo Trading Post Transfer Dealer
(603) 269-3378
RTE 126
Center Barnstead, NH
 
Specialist Hawg Shop
603942805
202 Long Pond Rd
Northwood, NH
 
Eric Mannadistributing
(603) 878-0672
15 Sharon Road
New Ipswich, NH
 
Bae Systems Info & Elec Systems Integration Inc
603885879
130 Daniel Webster Hwy
Merrimack, NH
 
Old Time Gun Shop
(603) 989-5870
257 Court St.
Haverhill, NH
 

Smith & Wesson 99OL

The latest offspring from the S&W-Walther alliance is a flawless performer, but it begs the question, "Just what is a DAO?"

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is the latest variation of the Model SW99. Changes include a unique trigger mechanism and the elimination of the somewhat controversial decocker button on the top of the slide. Despite appearances to the contrary, the 990L isn't just another polymer-framed semiauto, and working with it led to an exercise in defining the characteristics and key elements of a modern double-action-only (DAO) pistol.

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is a solid design and from indications experienced during our testing is an accurate and reliable semiauto pistol that will serve both law enforcement and civilian markets quite well.

Is it time for a new and different classification for such semiautos? For years we have classified semiautomatic pistols with terms originally used for revolvers. Single-action revolvers are simple machines to operate and understand. The shooter is required to cock the hammer prior to pulling the trigger and releasing the hammer, which is powered by the energy stored in the mainspring. That is pretty straightforward.

The traditional double-action revolver has always offered the option of single-action shooting by means of manually cocking the hammer before the trigger is pulled to fire a single round. Double-action shooting was originally called "trigger cocking" by the B...

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